Lifelong learning is the continuing pursuit of knowledge to build skills, explore new ideas, enhance understanding and enrich life. Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) offers the over-60 learner the opportunity to attend classes at no cost.
“We are living longer than ever before, and doing so in better health, stated Anthony Arminiak, WCCCD Downriver Campus President, “Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean your college days are over, WCCCD provides an enhanced continuing education experience for older learners.”
So what can you do when you retire and want to keep your mind sharp or need to gain additional skills to stay competitive at work?
According to the American Council on Education (AACC), about half of college-going adults age 50 and older attend community colleges, primarily for fun, to connect with other people, and to retool for a new career.
Whether you loved attending college or wanted to attend but never had the opportunity, seniors should consider the benefits of going back to school. Learning at any age is extremely beneficial for the brain. When you learn something new, your brain grows new cells and builds new connections which has proven benefits for problem-solving and memory skills.
Learning can help improve cognitive ability and memory function. WCCCD’s Silver Circle Program for senior citizens offers courses that will provide leisure as well as enhance skills.
Some of the classes that are offered include; Music Appreciation, Yoga, Cooking Lite, Personal Internet Safety, Computer Training, Estate Planning, Painting, Rehire, Rewire, and Re-inspire and Zumba Gold Fitness, to name just a few.
Senior Citizens who are residents of the WCCCD district and 60 years of age or older may enroll in academic and Continuing Education classes at Wayne County Community College District tuition-free. Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers will be granted on a seat-availability basis in regularly scheduled academic classes. Continuing Education classes leading to Continuing Education Certificates are not included in this tuition waiver. Although student activity fees shall be waived for senior citizens, they are responsible for all other fees such as the cost of books and class supplies. Proof of age and residency is required at the time of registration.
Often, the process of growing older can isolate people from each other. As our friends pursue their own destinies, we can lose touch and find ourselves ultimately lacking the human contact we need to survive.
Taking classes at Wayne County Community College District, can remedy that problem, bringing us into respectful interaction with all sorts of interesting people. In this way, going back to school—the sheer act of going—can invigorate a life by coming together with like-minded others. For more information about WCCCD, please visit www.wcccd.edu or call 313-496-2600.
About WCCCD: WCCCD, the largest urban community college in Michigan, is a multi -campus district with six campus locations, University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), serving 36 cities and townships, spanning more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, hosting community-based training sessions, improving student facilities and services.